Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone (Unabridged‪)‬

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection

“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that’s rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.” Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, “The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”

Brené Brown
hr min
September 12
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

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Wow! Hands down incredible book.

I happened to start listening to this book the week of the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Today, 6/24/22, a historical moment in history no matter your perspective on politics and these last few chapters everyone needs to read. Everyone. Brene’ your words are beautifully written and presented. You truly have a powerful voice and gifted way to convey the worlds most important messages to others. Thank you for making me a better human being by your work. Love and many hugs to you from NC.

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I think the ubiquitous, omnipresent, and omniscient knowledge of our own inner world guides our lives and decisions. I think that relates to the speculative, assumptive, pondering nature of other people’s inner world that leads to the division and divisiveness of our world today. Brené Brown captures something that is universal and transparent among all because of this internal insight. But is hidden through the opaqueness of others that is shame and reality. This book is amazing and insightful. Love this wholeheartedly.

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Must hear / read

Thank you Brené. I learned a lot. ❤️

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